I started writing AS3 back in December 2004, almost two years ago. Like others in my team, I’ve seen the language evolve. In the beginning, we didn’t have imports, so we’d “include” any .as files we needed. Compiling the entire Flex framework would take anywhere between 2 and 10 minutes (I’m serious!). There were lots of bugs in the compiler and the VM; things we took for granted in languages like C++ and Java were still “under construction” in this new world.
Had I taken notes of my early AS3 experiences, I could have easily created a very interesting blog. Of course, I was too busy coding.